Alienware 18 BIOS A07

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  1. Double Helix

    Double Helix Notebook Consultant

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    I was hoping for some improvement of the sound as the subwoofer rarely seems to work but nope :(

    this is the worst subwoofer I've had in a gaming laptop, I was expecting miracles from the Klipsch system but nope...my previous ASUS laptops blow this out of the water

    and why do I see people downgrading to A05 and not A06? anything special about A05?
     
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    I updated mine, here is a screenshot:

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    Alienware 17 (Ranger) /18 (Viking) Owners** - How to 'Un-Brick' Your Mobo

    Anyhow, the 18 is alive again.
    1. Turn the system off and disconnect the AC adapter
    2. Disconnect CMOS battery and system battery**
    3. Do a power drain (press and hold power button 30 seconds)
    4. Remove all memory modules
    5. Reconnect AC adapter and power system on
    6. Let laptop beep until it turns itself off
    7. VERY QUICKLY, WHILE IT IS OFF, BUT BEFORE IT ATTEMPTS TO BOOT AND LIGHTS COME ON AGAIN, INSERT 1 MEMORY MODULE
    8. System will start to beep 5 times
    9. Power system off
    10. Reconnect CMOS battery and system battery
    11. Replace any panels removed for access to memory modules
    12. Done…
    **Note: It has since been discovered by @Raidriar that removing the CMOS battery should not be necessary. If you have an Alienware 17, please try skipping this step. Accessing the CMOS battery on the 18 is easy. On the 17 you have to remove the motherboard or cut away a small piece of the chassis covering half of the coin cell battery.

    I left the memory modules out under the palm rest so I don't have to take it apart if this happens again.

    Now, for further investigation on this new BIOS, LOL.
     
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    yes bro, A07 as I said I just updated. I don't know what you are looking for exactly since I never overclocked yet...is mine disabled like yours or is it enabled? I don't know what are you looking for really

    my CPU is in my sig...

    what are those scary steps you wrote above?? don't tell me you have to dismantle the laptop just to do a downgrade! LOL
     
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    That's good news Mr. Fox!... Double Helix, Is that A07. and what CPU do you have? That is very curious how your Multi's are unlocked.
     
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    Brother Fox.. Those steps you posted. While the laptop is running remove the battery and cmos power plug and memory modules while running? then stick a memory module back in once it shuts down before rebooting?

    or

    Turn it off remove all ram and unplug the batteries. Turn on and beep then as it reboots add a memory module?
     
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    No, step one is to power it off and disconnect the AC adapter...

    You have to be quick. If you don't slap a memory module in during the second or two the system is off it does not work. I tried it four or five times without doing that and it won't POST unless you insert the memory module during this 1-2 second time window. If you insert the module while it is off, when it powers on it will beep 5 times (memory error). You can shut the system off after it powers up and starts beeping 5 times and then it will POST. That's sort of scary due to ESD, so I made sure I was grounded to the metal chassis and had the memory module already in my hand so I did not have to pick it up off the desk to reduce the chance of ESD problems.

    So, in case it was not completely clear...

    1. Turn the system off and disconnect the AC adapter
    2. Disconnect CMOS battery and system battery
    3. Do a power drain (press and hold power button 30 seconds)
    4. Remove all memory modules
    5. Reconnect AC adapter and power system on
    6. Let laptop beep until it turns itself off
    7. VERY QUICKLY, WHILE IT IS OFF, BUT BEFORE IT ATTEMPTS TO BOOT AND LIGHTS COME ON AGAIN, INSERT A MEMORY MODULE
    8. System will start to beep 5 times
    9. Power system off
    10. Reconnect CMOS battery and system battery
    11. Replace any panels removed for access to memory modules
    12. Done…
     
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    my cpu is in my sig bro

    All I did was update the BIOS from A06 to A07, then upon the first boot up, I loaded optimal default TWICE then took that screenshot for you.

    If mine is unlocked as you say, then perhaps A07 isn't that bad afterall try restoring optimal defaults twice then reboot end re-enter BIOS.

    Another thing to note, is before doing the update to A07, I had CPU overlocking DISABLEd, and only enabled it after the update
     
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    That's great advice Double Helix, I am wondering if there might be more available overhead on your 4800MQ vs our 4930MX CPU's to allow for the extra overclocking options. I am going to try your steps later tonight to see if I can restore my oc levels.
     
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    Thank you Brother Fox. I wanted to make a clear mental note for myself and maybe for others. Just in case ;)

     
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